China: Beijing authorities withdraw COVID-19 vaccination mandate for public places as of July 11 / update 13
Beijing officials canceled a planned COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The plan, which was due to start on July 11, would have required people to be fully vaccinated or medically exempt to enter crowded public places. Instead, authorities will continue to require individuals to show a negative nucleic acid test result taken within 72 hours to enter public places and transport.
Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions are in effect in low-risk areas of Beijing. Food services may resume at food establishments. Office workers can work on site. Public transport including bus, metro and taxi services may operate. Malls outside locked and controlled areas can operate. Public parks, cultural venues and fitness centers can open at 75% capacity. Delivery couriers may enter residential communities, but must place items at the door to minimize physical contact. Authorities are allowing interprovincial group tourism in Beijing for fully vaccinated people.
Stricter curbs remain in medium and high risk areas. Authorities designated 12 areas in Changping, Shunyi, Tongzhou and Yanqing counties as high and medium risk as of July 11. Residents and people recently exposed to these areas should stay home; exceptions may be possible for emergencies and essential reasons. Authorities are restricting travel to and from affected communities. Authorities generally maintain measures until two weeks after the last confirmed community case and will likely carry out several rounds of testing before easing restrictions. Authorities are generally distributing food and essential items to households under strict stay-at-home protocols.
People entering or leaving Beijing must take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of departure and have a “green” health code. People from medium and high risk areas and sites subject to COVID-19 isolation measures cannot leave Beijing. Individuals must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days to enter airport terminals.
However, authorities have eased restrictions on inbound travel, allowing county residents from border and port cities to enter the capital. Authorities reduced the ban period to seven days for people who traveled to cities with at least one local infection. The government will gradually restart direct international flights, but officials have not announced details of the resumption. Inbound travelers must also take nucleic acid tests within 24 to 72 hours of arriving in Beijing and may not visit restaurants, gatherings and crowded places for seven days. Incoming international travelers must undergo seven days of centralized quarantine, followed by three days of home isolation. An increase in health examinations is likely at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) and other transportation hubs. Authorities may suspend flights and ticket sales for travel from cities considered high or medium risk areas.
Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and non-confrontational if questioned by security personnel. Confirm travel reservations to, from and within Beijing.